Queens Of The Stone Age, overjoyed at receiving a 10/10 from Mojo

The week in ADM

Andrew Nicholson on a week when Queens Of The Stone Age emerged as potential destabalisers of the entrenched order at the top of the ratings

For all the impossible-to-ignore clamour surrounding last week's release of the Daft Punk album, there's at least one place that Random Access Memories has made no real impression: the top of the ADM chart.

Indeed it looks very much like the upper reaches of the chart are going to be stable for the foreseeable future. Laura Marling, Vampire Weekend and The National look pretty unassailable in the top three spots, while William Tyler's Impossible Truth has been around for a month now and is sitting very comfortably thank you at No.5.

The National's album received an upward-propelling 10/10 from Art Rocker, who were definitely feeling the summer love this week. They scattered perfect scores around to Public Service Broadcasting and CocoRosie as well as to the Brooklyn indie rockers.

Also in receipt of a 10/10, bestowed by Mojo, were Queens Of The Stone Age, whose sixth album - currently on a 7.9 ADM Rating - is possibly the only release to be in with a chance of destabilising the top 5. If it can pull a couple more ratings around the 9-ish mark things could get interesting.

No reviews below a seven so far, the only thing dividing the critics seems to be whether Like Clockwork marks a return to form or a continuation of Josh Homme's perfect run. Sputnik in particular is hostile towards 2007's Era Vulgaris, an album which Q and Clash are also frosty about. For FasterLouder, however, QOTSA have never missed a trick. Despite describing them as a "reliable Volvo of a band", they're happy to award a more Ferrari-like 8/10.

Automotive metaphorical mismatches aside, the overall strength of the reviews suggests that even for those not particularly interested in QOTSA it would be wrong to pass over the record as just more of the same. Billboard reckon it's the best QOTSA lineup since 1996. In a similar vein, NME suggest that it's more of what we know and love, but "with the crap filter whacked up to 11".

One thing not to get excited about is the impressive array of guests that grace the record. On paper, Trent Reznor, Alex Turner, Mark Lanegan and Sir Elton John sounds like an intriguing bunch of collaborators, but the critics feel that the whole album can pass without the listener realising they're there. FasterLouder's rundown of the guests' various contributions highlights the fact that Mark Lanegan, despite having a voice like "a velvet curtain sex god… just sort of moans nicely in the background".

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